When the ‘call of the wild’ comes to you, it’s good to keep in mind how you can view wildlife in an optimum way. A way that enables you to experience wildlife behaving naturally and that doesn’t stress the animals. Intrepid’s friends at the World Society for the Protection of Animals, the Kenya Wildlife Service and the Born Free Foundation have helped us compile the following tips:
– Respect the ‘personal space’ of the wildlife in their habitat. If a visitor or vehicle causes an animal to alter its behaviour, then the visitor has invaded its space and influenced its normal behaviour. Observe nature as it occurs naturally and not as to how it responds to your presence there.
At Intrepid, we love taking you off the beaten path in countries all over the world, but in our very own backyard is one of the world’s last remaining pristine environments and it’s under threat!
Australia’s magnificent Kimberley region offers a glimpse into another world – an ancient world of indigenous culture and rock art tens of thousands of years old, unique species of plants and animals, and spectacular landscapes virtually unchanged since prehistoric times. Yet this incredible region is now at risk of industrial development – and is currently unprotected.
Highlights of Italy, where do you start? There are so many fabulous things, all of which are must-sees and must-dos, but for Intrepid’s Catherine Douglas there was still a special stand-out experience…
“Eating homemade pasta and kiwi fruit gelato in tiny restaurants and wandering the mazes of side streets of Venice while trying to barter with the owners of the Gondolas for the best price on a backpacking budget. Taking silly photos and buying cute tacky knickknacks outside the leaning tower of Pisa. Discovering the historical architecture of the Colosseum in Rome and making a wish to meet a delicious Italian man by throwing a coin into Trevi Fountain. Sending a postcard from Vatican City – the smallest country in the world, and climbing up hundreds of steps to see the best views over Rome. Viewing amazing artworks in Florence and giggling at naked statues. All such fantastic experiences but nothing could beat Cinque Terre for me.
If you could win the trip of your dreams in Australia would you choose to touch the tip of Australia at Cape York, learn about the legends of the Bungle Bungles from Aboriginal hosts, or like Express reader Susan Edwards, is Tasmania on the top of your list?…
“I couldn’t believe it when my name was drawn out of the barrel and I’d won two tickets to anywhere in Australia! I didn’t even have to think twice about where I would go, because for years I’ve been desperate to explore Tasmania.
Read a good book lately? Intrepid’s Jo Stewart picked up America Unchained: A Freewheeling Roadtrip In Search of Non-Corporate USA and quickly discovered that this author was taking a very different route…
“This quirky travel memoir documents the epic journey of British funny man Dave Gorman, who attempted to travel America from coast to coast without using the services of any food franchises, hotel chains or corporate-owned gas stations. That’s right, no drive-thru from Burger King, no pumping gas at a BP or bedding down at the Hilton. All food, accommodation and gas must be sourced from independently owned businesses – no excuses!
The highlight of most Kenya trips is sitting in silence as you watch a lioness stalk her prey or spotting each of the Big Five on the sweeping plains, but while Tony Huddy loved all those amazing experiences, what left him speechless was making friends with the Masai…
“Just inside the Sekenani Gate – the main entrance to the Masai Mara National Park, there is a Masai village. And in that village there is a community hall. And in that hall, there is a pool table. And on that pool table I played the best game of pool that I have ever, and probably will ever, play.
Living and working in Cambodia and trying to learn the local language has brought many challenges and some embarrassing moments for Intrepid’s Jo Crisp. But the effort has been well worth it…
“When I started as a new manager with Intrepid in Cambodia I thought the key to success was learning the language. So I bought a Khmer English dictionary and practiced key phrases when ever I got the chance. Remork (motorcycle rickshaw) and taxi drivers, friends and work colleagues, they all suffered as I mangled the ancient Khmer language. What I thought was a good representation of chh’nung – delicious – was in fact a badly pronounced version of chanung – cooking pot. Meanwhile everyone must have been a little confused when I announced that I had a sore snake – rather than stomach ache.
Early last year, heavy rain, flooding and mud slides caused loss of life and devastation to many communities in Peru, including several in the Sacred Valley near famous Machu Picchu. One of the tragic casualties of the floods was the Intrepid Foundation supported Wiñaypaq school at Taray – the classrooms, kitchen, fish farm, workshops and teacher’s room were all left in ruins.
Established in 2005, this school provided free primary education in Quechua and Spanish to needy local children in a disadvantaged rural area. The great news fresh in, is that a new school has almost reached completion. Waltraud Stolben, the school’s founder, was absolutely determined that there be minimal disruption to the children’s education, so while their classes continued at a temporary location, new buildings were built with support from many Intrepid traveller donors.
Sometimes we scour the world to find out favourite spots, but as Intrepid Express reader Annaleise Byrd reflects, one of the best places she knows was close to home in Queensland, Australia…
“Bundaberg, affectionately known as “Bundy” by the locals, is sunny, friendly and laid-back. I lived there for four years and have many happy memories of barbeques, bonfires, beach sports, the Air Show, and the legendary ginger beer. The only hill in the whole area is “The Hummock”, an extinct volcano from the top of which there is a beautiful view of the surrounding farms, a smattering of small communities, and the sparkling Queensland coastline.
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